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We invite you to join us for the AVF’s West Coast Vein Forum to be held September 22-24, 2022 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, WA.

This unique CME program, led by a faculty of experts in the field, is an opportunity for community vein practitioners to have a conversation about challenges and controversies in vein treatment.  The program is set up for short talks by experts on these issues, followed by long periods for discussion.


  • Dan Monahan, MD – Lead Faculty
  • Steve Elias, MD
  • Kathy Gibson, MD
  • Fedor Lurie, MD
  • Bill Marston, MD
  • Elna Masuda, MD
  • Mark Meissner, MD
  • Rick Pittman, MD

Highlights of West Coast Vein Forum

  • Excellent opportunity for any practitioner treating venous disease and will be appreciated by practitioners at varying levels of expertise.
  • Topics will range through the gamut of venous conditions that present to the venous treatment office. Discussions will provide an understanding of the complexities and depth of science needed by anyone treating varicose veins and other venous problems.
  • The West Coast Vein Forum offers clinicians providing treatment of venous disease a unique opportunity to expand their basic knowledge in order to provide the highest quality of care in venous disease.
  • Faculty lectures will focus on practical challenges and controversies in venous disease treatment and be augmented with in-depth discussions on how different experts manage difficult or unusual patient presentations. Participants will have the opportunity for extended discussion with national experts.


Course Schedule:

Thursday 2pm-6pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12:30pm


Topics covered will include:

  • Anatomy of Presentations of Varicose Veins – Challenging situations
  • Varicose Vein Treatment – Appropriate, Medically Necessary and Not
  • CEAP and VCSS
  • Hx of Sclerotherapy – Why Do We Use STS? Polidocanol? Glycerin?
  • Cosmetic Sclerotherapy – Complications, and Pitfalls
  • Thermal vs Non-Thermal Ablations
  • Tips on Thermal Ablation – Lessons Learned Over Last 20 Years; Techniques
  • Tips on Non-Thermal Ablation – Lessons Learned Over Last 10 Years; Techniques, Which NTNT For What Situation
  • Treatment of Non-Truncal Vein Reflux
  • Complications: Ablations
  • Allergic Reactions and Phlebology
  • Sclerotherapy vs Microphlebectomy
  • Complications: Microphlebectomy
  • Pelvic Vein Disease – SVP Classification
  • Indications to Evaluate for Suprainguinal Disease – Recurring Varices, Ulcers, Swelling
  • Treatment of Pelvic Disease – What Training/Background is Necessary? Stent Types/Uses
  • Dramatic Pelvic Vein Interventions – IVC Reconstruction; Complications of Filters; Who Should Do This?
  • DVT Interventions: Infrainguinal vs. Pelvic – Pure LE, Pure Iliac, Combined LE and Iliac
  • SVT: VV-related vs. Not; When to Anticoagulate; Is Superficial Vein Treatment Indicated?
  • Is Coumadin Obsolete? NOACs – Appropriate Uses
  • Thrombophilias – When to Test; When to Intervene
  • Implications of New Research – AVF-JOBST Research Grant Winners – Dr Eri Fukaya (2020) and Dr Khanh Nguyen (2021)
  • What is the Future of Training Venous Specialists?
  • Medicare Cuts: Effects, Society Response, Moving Forward
  • Vein Specialist: Panel – What a Successful Practice Looks Like (Do’s, Do Not’s, Staff, etc.)
  • Open Forum: Ask the Experts Anything About Vein Treatment and Practice
The West Coast Vein Forum has been hosted by Dr. Daniel Monahan since 2014. Dr. Monahan practiced General Surgery from 1987 to 2001 before founding the Monahan Vein Clinic. He currently serves as the Education Councilor on the Board of the AVF, member and Past Chair of the AVF Health Policy Committee, and is a member of the AVF Early Career Committee and AVF Patient Education Committee.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.
Registration Fees:
Allied Health – AVF Member $150
Allied Health – Non-Member $250
Physician – AVF Member $550
Physician – Non-Member $650

Hotel Information

The Edgewater Hotel
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

Room Rate: $245/night
Room Rate Valid: 9/20 – 9/27
Book By: August 22, 2022

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